Devotional: Day 7
Isaiah 53:5- But He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
In today’s world, there are so many physical problems facing people. AIDS is running rampant around Africa and many other parts of the world… there are people dying every day because they cannot afford basic medicines that we sometimes take for granted.
It is important to understand that sickness was never a part of God’s plan for our lives. In fact, until sin came into the world, there was no sickness or death. Even after Adam and Eve disobeyed God and cast all humanity into sin, there still remained a time when sickness wasn’t a factor for humans. Just look at some of the timelines for the first people that lived. Adam was 930 when he died; Methuselah lived to be 969 and Noah was 950.
It wasn’t until after the great flood that people’s life spans started to drop. While no one is sure about what caused the rapid decrease in life-spans, it is apparent that something happened in the earth during the time of the flood that caused environmental changes.
People today rave about living to 100 years old, but as was clearly evident in Genesis 5 and Genesis 11, God’s will was for us to lead long and productive lives.
So what happened?
Mostly, it was the sins of the people and the careless ways that they lived that caused many diseases we have today. They didn’t understand or care that heavy drinking could cause liver problems, or about what we would consider basic sanitation.
Still, as we read in Isaiah, there is a hope for our ailments. The Blood of Jesus didn’t just wash away all of your sins, it also brought healing to your body. That means cancer, migraine headaches, polio, or even the common flu must all leave your body when the name of Jesus is spoken.
But many times we don’t take God at face value. We go by what we feel and what we are told by doctors. If they say we’re sick and we don’t feel good, then we simply settle for being sick and not feeling good.
You see your body is a temple of God. His Spirit dwells inside of you once you are saved. We are to glorify God in our bodies in all we do; but we cannot glorify God in our body the way we’re meant to if our bodies are sick.
God is perfect and holy; there is no sickness in what is His. If you are living with any kind of sickness, it doesn’t matter what it is or what anyone else says—it IS God’s will that you be healed and whole. You don’t have to beg Him for healing, or get 10,000 people to pray for you. Just go boldly before the throne of grace and remind the Father that His word said that “by His stripes we are healed,” then claim your healing and move on. Don’t allow anyone to steal the truth from you that you are healed and whole!